Explore Your World

Experience beer’s greatest brewing cultures at Silver Branch!

We celebrate the beers that arose from centuries of brewers experimenting and refining their recipes and approaches in Belgium, Britain and Ireland, Central Europe and the Americas. The casual ambiance of our taproom will evoke the gemütlichkeit and camaraderie enjoyed in turn-of-the-century American biergartens; British pubs; a sidewalk café in Prague; or a low-key taproom in Portland or Poland.

Gemütlichkeit /gǝ’ mōōtlik,kīt/

No, it isn’t a misspelling of Gesundheit.

It’s German for that nebulous sense of camaraderie, coziness, and a sense of belonging one gets when enjoying time with good friends. For us, drinking beer is a time to commune with friends. Creating a space where folks want to catch up while enjoying a pint of beer, a glass of wine, or a soda is the reason we decided to open a brewery in the first place. We look forward to hosting you and your buddies! Pretty soon you too will feel comfortable describing Silver Branch using that term gemütlich.

About Silver Branch

Silver Branch Brewing Company is a production brewery and taproom located in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring immediately adjacent to the Silver Spring red line metro stop.

Silver Branch was founded by Christian Layke and Brett A. Robison in March 2019. As long-time beer lovers with an appreciation for the four major brewing cultures, they brew and serve excellent beer inspired by European and American beer traditions. Silver Branch’s beers are multi-dimensional so that the last sip of your last beer is as pleasing as the first sip of your first beer.

The Folks Behind Silver Branch

Brett Robison

Brett Robison

Co-Founder and COO

It was a revelation when I realized beer wasn’t just a flavorless yellow beverage, so much so that I told my friends I’d open my own brewery someday, this was at least 10 years ago. To reach this goal, I’ve since toured Europe drinking beer, quit my job in finance and did a brief stint as an assistant brewer. I followed that by managing multiple restaurants and most recently was General Manager of Republic in Takoma Park. Good conversation with close friends over an excellent pint remains my favorite pastime. I also thoroughly enjoy listening to music and daydreaming about the future.

Christian Layke

Christian Layke

Co-Founder and CEO

Beer has been a part of my fondest memories—travel to far-flung locations with family and friends, toasting my engagement at Ankor Wat, chatting around many a campfire, and so many more. Drinking beer in Europe, Africa, Asia and, of course, America, got me hooked on enjoying quaffable beer served from beautiful glassware in cozy settings. So much so I was compelled to leave my job at an environmental non-profit 10 years ago to become a commercial brewer. I’m excited to now be realizing my dream of creating a spot like that right here in my home community.

Taproom & Brewery

Getting Here
8401 Colesville Rd #150
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Parking & Metro
We recommend parking in the public parking garage on Cameron Street. The rates are very reasonable and parking is free on the Sundays. We’re just a short walk down the hill from there. If you’re taking the metro, exit on the north side to the right and walk up the Metro Plaza steps.

Taproom & Biergarten Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Friday: 11:30 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 9 pm

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